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Classical Music

A John Williams Spectacular Celebrating the most popular film composer of modern time, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will play scores from Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, and many more. Nov. 26, 8 p.m.; Nov. 27, 8 p.m. $15-$64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

A Morning at the Movies: The Music of Film Loin Conductor Alan Yamamoto as he celebrates the songs by famed composer John Williams through his works in E.T., Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones. Pre-concert festival at 10am. Sat., Nov. 27, 11 a.m. $9-$20. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Organ Composition The premiere performance of an organ composition, based on 3 Methodist hymns, will establish a new cultural link between Charlotte and Riga, Latvia. Performed by Les Ackerman, director of music ministries. Sun., Nov. 28, 5 p.m. Free. Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd. 704-378-8584 x235.

Winthrop Olde English Wind Ensemble Conducted by William Malambri. Byrnes Auditorium. Mon., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2255.

Comedy

Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. A high energy, audience interactive show similar to "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" Shows rated R. www.extremeimprov.com. Fri, 10pm; Sat, 8pm (non-smoking) & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Nov. 24-25: Paul Hooper and Keith Alberstadt; Nov. 26-27: James Gregory; Dec. 1-4: Phil Hogan and Marvin Lee. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Dilworth Playhouse Cafe Steve Moore. Moore has had his own HBO show and has appeared on the Ellen Show and The RoseAnne Show. Wed., Dec. 1, 9 p.m. $5. 1427 South Blvd., Suite 103. 704-632-0336.

SK Netcafe Stand-Up Wednesdays. Stand-Up Comedy. Wed., Dec. 1, 9:30 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.

The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience Comedy. Whose Line, Second City, and Sketchprovstyle improv comedy. Reservations suggested.www.pinkturtle.net. Thu., Wine Up, 3306-C N. Davidson; Fri., Tyber Creek Pub, 1933 S. Blvd,; Sat., Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.; All at 8pm. Free. 704-301-1564.

Dance

Fall Dance Concert A presentation of original works by the Dance Department. Dec. 1:3 at 8pm; Dec. 4 at 2pm. $5-$12. Robinson Hall, UNCC. 704-687-4473.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Nov. 18-Jan. 2. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Place in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. Nov. 18-May 25. Solving the Rock House Mysteries. Interactive exhibit examines clues revealed by photographs, oral histories, and archaeological discoveries. Nov. 20-Dec. 31. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Nov. 18-March 25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Communication Exhibit. Follow electronic messages around the world, see your voice, and get a glimpse at the next generation of the information age. Nov. 18-Jan. 10. Omnimax. Omnimax is closed for renovations through mid-November. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Being Native American Today. Indian Heritage Month ends with the exhibit "We're Still Here," a light reception, and a panel of Native American representatives. Frye Gaillard will moderate and sign copies of his book after the presentation. Tue., Nov. 30, 6 p.m. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Living Traditions. Folk Arts of the American South. Nov. 18-Jan. 9. Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes. Nov. 24-April 20. We're Still Here: Native Americans in the Southeast. Nov. 18-Jan. 9. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures. An opportunity to see the work of America's foremost realist artist. Nov. 18-Jan. 9. North Carolina Pottery: A Restless Tradition. Nov. 18-Feb. 27. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Nov. 18-Feb. 20. VantagePoint III: Elizabeth Turk - The Collars. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Nov. 18-Jan. 30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Nov. 18-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Topics: Argentina Altitude vs Chilean Valleys, Viticulture-Irrigation, Key Styles/ Finesse - Strength, Appellations, and Grape Varieties. Nov. 30, 6:30-8pm. $30. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

Museum of York County Eewww, Yuck!. Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through Summer 2005. Our Changing Landscapes: Early views of people and places in Carolina Piedmont. Nov. 18-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Schiele Museum, Gastonia 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Borders, Morrocroft Scott Fowler. Author will discuss and sign Tales from the Carolina Panthers Sideline. Sat., Nov. 27, 2:30-4 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

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